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Being an informed and active citizen is empowering and can benefit our whole society. The more people who participate in our democracy, the fairer and more equal it will be. 

Knowing your rights as a citizen, and being aware of the ways you can influence decisions, is key to having the confidence to make change happen in your community. We believe that every young person should be aware of how democracy works and how they can participate in it. Everyone regardless of background, gender, race or age should have their say.

That’s why we’ve launched the Democracy Ambassadors programme with the hope of spreading this important message to tens of thousands of young people. Download our leaflet to find out more.

We will be training and supporting 1,000 Democracy Ambassadors aged 13–16* through the adults who support them to better understand our democracy and how they can influence change. These Ambassadors will then be challenged to share their learning and insight with other young people across England, creating a step change in youth participation.

The programme is being funded by the Cabinet Office until March 2019, as part of the Government’s Suffrage Centenary Fund.

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whatCharity has recently started collaborating with University of Surrey in order to help improve voluntary sector communication skills. Charities face many challenges having to tailor communication and messages to various audiences, including beneficiaries, donors, volunteers and corporate partners. As always, we would like to help and have teamed up with the university to offer an easy to participate in “Communication with Diverse Audiences” course, which is being developed by academics led by Senior Lecturer Doris Dippold.

If you would like to develop your communication or someone else’s in your organisation, we are offering free participation in the online course, starting in Spring 2019. All you need to do to qualify, is to complete a short questionnaire which helps to fine-tune the course content. Please note that places are limited. Click below for further details and to sign up.

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Charities, social enterprises and community interest companies with an annual income of under £100,000 can apply for grants of £500 to £1,000 towards a playscheme that runs for a minimum of 2 weeks or 10 days across the summer holidays.

Priority is given to small local playschemes involving a large number of children especially those with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Projects supported will also be expected to make good use of volunteers, encourage past and current users to participate and ensure that funds awarded are being well used.

Grants are awarded in May by the Woodward Charitable Trust and the closing date for submitting an application is the 5th April 2019.

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Not for profit organisations in the arts and cultural sector can apply for grants of up to £50,000 for projects that work with children and young people up to the age of 18 using the arts and creative media.

Preference will be given to innovative projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood. Organisations can apply for both one-off short-term projects and for projects lasting up to three years. The funding is being made available through the Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grant Scheme.

Previous projects supported include;

  • Dance Devon, who received a grant of £20,550 to develop and deliver ‘All Aboard’, a new inclusive dance project for very young disabled and non-disabled children and their families
  • West Yorkshire Playhouse which received a grant of £26,028 to develop and deliver a new arts-based creative play project with around 30 babies, toddlers and pre-school children whose mothers attend the Playhouse’s weekly Asmarina Voices refugee women’s singing group.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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The John Lyon’s Charity has announced that its Schools in Partnership Fund is open for applications.

Through the programme, the charity is making grants of between £25,000 and £50,000 to groups of state schools (in partnership with local voluntary organisations where appropriate) for projects aimed at supporting their most challenged pupils, strengthening links with home life and coordinating the support of other available professionals.

The funding is available to schools in Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea and the Cities of London and Westminster.

Previous projects supported include;

  • St Anselm’s RC Catholic Primary School which received a grant of £38,000 for a play therapy project with four other schools
  • the Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster)
  • Kingsbury High School which received a grant of £15,000 for a psychotherapy project with Brent Centre for Young People.

The Schools in Partnership Fund has a two stage application procedure. The Trustee meets in March, June and November. Proposals should be received by the Grants Team at least four months before.

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From Mims Davies (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society)

‘It is my first Local Charities Day as Minister for Sport and Civil Society and I could not be more excited about building on the success of the last two years, where people, communities and organisations from across the UK have shown tremendous support for their local charities by getting so involved.

I urge everyone to follow our social media accounts (via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) for more information and updates about the day. We want as many local charities and the people that support them to get as involved as possible, with each and every organisation celebrating their work and why they’re supporting the day alongside the #LocalCharitiesDay hashtag.

However you are involved, I am looking forward to celebrating Local Charities Day with you in December.”

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With only 4 weeks to go and a limited amount of tickets remaining, our high profile event Meeting Mental Health Needs: Practical Interventions to Improve Solutions is not to be missed.

With the news that Mental health services in the UK are to receive a £2 billion a year package to better support those with mental health problems, this conference will will be another excellent opportunity to gain improved understanding of the myriad of factors and issues surrounding mental health.

You will also hear about latest developments and how to implement them and track the journey towards a system of better treatment, integration and funding.

Discussion areas on the day will include:

The NHS Ten Year Plan
Funding our mental health services
Quality of care in our mental health services
Using Technology to Support Mental Health and Reduce Inequalities
Workplace mental health: How much progress has been made?
Student mental health: Providing solutions

For more details simply email, or contact Jonathan Smith on 0161 376 9007


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We are happy to announce by popular demand that we can now offer two new courses. “Common Childhood Illness” aimed towards the child care industries and “Falls Prevention Awareness” aimed towards social care. Our courses are all nationally accredited and have been designed around a flexible learning delivery model to ensure they are easily accessible within the workplace. This means learners do not attend a classroom but still receive high-quality support throughout their learning journey.

For a full list of what is available please look below (after the image) or visit For more information or to book instantly please call 01226 958 888 or email Alternatively, you can complete our online enquiry form or download a booking form and send it to:

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Course List:

Common Childhood Illnesses
Falls Prevention Awareness
Children and Young Peoples Mental Health
Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent
Challenging Behaviour
Understanding Autism
Caring for Children and Young People
Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties
Care and Management of Diabetes
Care Planning
Cleaning Principles
Common Health Conditions
Dementia Care
Dignity and Safeguarding
End of Life Care
Equality and Diversity
Information, Advice or Guidance
Lean Organisation Management
Mental Health Problems
Nutrition and Health
Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
Prevention and Control of Infection
Retail Operations
Safe Handling of Medication
Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities
Business and Administration
Customer Service
Customer Service for Health and Social Care
Customer Service for Hospitality
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This post has been updated and republished as the date for the Hackathon has moved!  We want to galvanise the right key people in our effort to end rough sleeping in H&F, so are making sure the date is as inclusive as possible.

Cllr Sue Fennimore, the Deputy Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council would like to invite you to an event about Rough Sleeping in H&F on Thursday 6/12/18 from 2.45 – 5pm in the Town Hall Courtyard Room.

Please sign up via  the Eventbrite link found here . Pass on to any volunteers and colleagues who are interested in supporting the cause and make sure to get them to sign up via Eventbrite also.

We are calling it a Hackathon – which is about bringing together people from all walks of like  to help find innovative ways of ending rough sleeping in Hammersmith & Fulham.

You will probably know that in 2017 H&F set up an independent Rough Sleeping Commission to make recommendations about ending rough sleeping in H&F. We don’t think anyone should have to sleep rough and are committed to ending rough sleeping in the borough.

We can’t do this without your involvement.  Your expertise and ideas will be key in helping to find solutions to end rough sleeping.

We want the event to be lively and energetic and we’d like you bring your staff, volunteers and residents who have experience of homelessness in H&F. We will send you some publicity information shortly to help you publicise the event in your organisation. There will be light refreshments available.

Please can you let Rebecca Richardson know if you would like to attend and approximately how many people from your organisation will be attending by contacting her at or calling on 07827879659   .

We really look forward to seeing you on 20/11/18. Help us end rough sleeping in H&F.

Julia Copeland
Strategic commissioner
Public services reform
Hammersmith & Fulham Council

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